Levens off KR duties, Rossum steps in

Tailback Dorsey Levens looked like the answer on kick returns. Now his injured left shoulder is the question.<p> Packers coach Mike Sherman announced his decision to not to use Levens on kickoff returns Sunday at St. Louis. Instead, kick returner Allen Rossum, who hasn't returned a kickoff since Thanksgiving, will line up deep.<p>

Levens was named NFC special teams player of the week after he averaged 38 yards on four kick returns vs. the Giants. But his two kickoff returns in last week's playoff victory over San Francisco netted just 24 yards, due in part to interference by Rossum. Levens was injured on the second return.

"Dorsey dinged that shoulder, and I really need him to help us on the fofensive side of the ball," Sherman said Friday after practice. "If in fact we need him back there we'll put him back there. But right now we're going to go with Rossum and (Tod)McBride back there."

Rossum returned to the lineup last week after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in November. Rossum and was successful on punt returns.

Levens practiced Friday but had to don a red no-contact jersey.

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